matriarchal matriarchal  /ˌmeɪ tri ˈɑr kəl/


  • (adj) characteristic of a matriarchy


  1. Proud of her native roots, A-Mei incorporated tribal rhythms into some of her pop songs, like Sister, which celebrates the matriarchal aboriginal society.
  2. And in the matriarchal killer whale society, that means she's the boss.
  3. Mothers invest two years in their pregnancies, they live in stable matriarchal groups, and females collectively care for the young.


  1. The Plight of the Honeybee—and How You Can Help

    Honeybees are holy. They are matriarchal powerhouses, spiritual catalysts . . . and they’re dropping like flies....
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Indian Country Today

  2. Please Don’t Try to Smell ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Star Caroline Manzo

    While "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" typically finds its glory in jaw-dropping confrontations at Italian restaurants, there's a beating matriarchal heart in all of its female players. Most arguably in Caroline Manzo, the walking billboard for togetherness and tough … Continue reading ?
    on June 21, 2013     Source: omg! Celeb News via omg!


  1. Describing her decision to join the show as "a leap of faith," Field said that "what Robbie [Baitz] said he wanted to do was show how you take a patriarchal family with a very strong father figure and turn it into a matriarchal family. And I...
    on Sep 26, 2007 By: Sally Field Source: Philadelphia Daily News

  2. "If it does come down to Hillary versus Rudy, it is at one level a showdown between the iconography of matriarchal womanhood and the cowboy riding to the rescue," said Susan Faludi, an author who has spent two decades studying gender and...
    on Oct 24, 2007 By: Susan Faludi Source: CBS News

  3. "There's so many interesting writers in Canada. It would not be very difficult to put together. It would be a snap. It my mind it's the only matriarchal literary society," says Freeman, with a nod to Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood.
    on Jun 9, 2009 By: John Freeman Source: National Post

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